Protester Climbs On Statue Of Liberty

Protester Climbs On Statue Of Liberty

Protester Climbs On Statue Of Liberty

The charges could include disorderly conduct, trespassing, and interfering with government functions-all of which are federal misdemeanors.

The NYPD is building a rope rescue system to help bring the woman down from the base, because officers don't believe she will come down on her own, a police source told CNN. Much like whenBree Newsome took down climbed a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina's to remove the Confederate flag two years ago, Okoumou is yet another example of black women stepping up in the name of social justice, when others won't. Minutes before, the woman removed her pink athletic shoes and attempted unsuccessfully to scale Lady Liberty's green tarnished robes.

ICE, or the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is at the center of the Trump administration's shelved policy of separating some immigrant families at the U.S.

"She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas", Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference Wednesday evening. Authorities have reportedly recommended charges to USA attorney for the Southern District of NY. Liberty Island, crowded with visitors on the July 4th holiday, was evacuated as police responded and attempted to coax her down.


U.S. Park Police Major Pamela Smith said the incident "caused disruption to thousands of visitors on one of the busiest days of the year at the Statue of Liberty". Average attendance for the Fourth of July is 20,000 to 25,000 people, he added. "She would not come down by voice command", said National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis.

The NYPD said it was not clear how the woman got onto the statue. The station says that the climber has made it as far as the middle of the statue. "She's survived quite well". After a group of protesters from Rise and Resist New York unfurled a banner reading "ABOLISH ICE", she scaled the famous monument and remained at the base for about three hours. ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is a division of the Department of Homeland Security whose officers arrest and deport unauthorized immigrants inside the USA, among other duties. She wasn't the only protester arrested at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday.

Okoumou was arrested and was expected in court on Thursday. Walker told the New York Times that Okoumou had been actively involved with Rise and Resist for several months. One wore a sign that read, "Patricia, my heroine".

Okoumou, 44, is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo but now resides in Staten Island and has lived in NY for roughly a decade.

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